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→ Read the full November 19 CAM Connects issue here.
In the six years since the First Order Fresnel Lens from the south tower on Thacher Island went on display here at the Cape Ann Museum, it has become a visitors’ favorite. This unique object has inspired photographers, poets, dancers, and historians while prompting Museum staff to become more knowledgeable in the operation of 19th century lenses. By broadening our understanding of the importance of lighthouses to mariners, it has allowed us to share with visitors a richer picture of our shared past.
This week’s issue of CAM Connects gives praise to the lighthouse, the most quintessential symbol of Cape Ann and coastal New England. Through archival photographs, journals, and ship models, we take a look at a few of these important beacons. For further exploration, check out these selections from our online store.
Featured in this issue of CAM Connects:
→ Locating the Lighthouses
Learn how to use the Google My Maps feature to see photos of each lighthouse in this issue taken from the perspective of the artist.
→ Keepers of the Light
Read accounts from the first keeper of the Annisquam lighthouse George Day, taken from his journal, now in CAM’s Archives.
→ Saving Straitsmouth Island: A History Virtual Book Talk
Join local historian Paul St. Germain for a talk about his recent book detailing the rich history of Straitsmouth Island.
→ Thacher Island – Virtual Shorts Docent Blog
As an occasional “lighthouse keeper” on Thacher Island, CAM Docent, Suellen Wedmore shares her enthusiasm and experience.
→ Investigating the Ill-Fated Watch and Wait
A look into the short but tragic voyage and the lasting memorial, Thacher Island, named in honor of the two survivors.